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IN A CEREMONY OF ENGAGEMENT, PARENTS OF THE BRIDE AND
GROOM WILL TRY TO PUT A GOLD RING ON THE LEFT INDEX
FINGER OF THE BRIDE AND SHE WILL SHOW SOME KIND OF
RESISTANCE TO THIS. THE THOUGHT BEHIND THIS IS THAT
THE RING WILL CONFINE THE THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIOR OF
THE BRIDE.

Submitter comment: DON'T KNOW. INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN TAIWAN DURING
HIS CHILDHOOD YEARS.

James Callow comment: IF SHE RESISTS, WILL HE PUT IT ON ANOTHER FINGER?
IS HER RESISTANCE RITUALISTIC ONLY?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TAIWAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement ring

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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A GAME IN TAIWAN WHICH IS SIMILAR TO THE GAME PLAYED IN
THE STATES, MUSICAL CHAIRS. SIX CHILDREN ARE PLAYING
TOGETHER AND SIT IN A CIRCLE. ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN
TO BE THE GHOST. THIS PERSON SINGS A SONG (SIMPLE
CHILDREN'S SONG) AND WHEN HE STOPS SINGING THE PERSON
TO WHOM HE IS CLOSEST IS THE GHOST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS GAME IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TAIWAN ; LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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HIDE AND SEEK

TAKE AN EMPTY TIN CAN AND PUT IT ON THE FLOOR. SOMEONE
WHO WILL BE CHOSEN AS THE GHOST AND SOMEONE ELSE
WILL KICK THE CAN SO THAT IT MAY TAKE THE GHOST
SOME TIME TO PICK IT UP. THE OTHER CHILDREN WILL RUN
AND HIDE SO THAT THE GHOST CANNOT SEE THEM. IF THE
GHOST SPOTS A PERSON, HE CAN RUN BACK TO THE STARTING
PLACE. IF THIS PERSON GETS BACK BEFORE THE GHOST, HE
WILL NOT LOSE OR BE THE NEXT GHOST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT OBSERVED THIS GAME IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TAIWAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR IT'S BAD LUCK IN CHINA AND
ESPECIALLY WHEN A COUPLE WHO ARE IN LOVE BREAK
A MIRROR, THEY WILL SEPARATE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TAIWAN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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A BLACK CAT WITH WHITE PAWS IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK.
IF THE CAT IS BLACK AND HAS A WHITE STOMACH, IT'S
GOOD LUCK. IF A CAT IS DEAD, YOU HAVE TO HANG IT ON
A TREE BRANCH. IF IT IS A DEAD DOG, YOU THROW IT
IN THE RIVER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT OBSERVED THIS IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TAIWAN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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